Category: Psychology & Self-Improvement

The Health Benefits of Staying Organized: An Interview With John Linden

Ever since I moved into my very own office — away from the dirty laundry and magazine piles of my home office in the bedroom — I’ve been studying the relationship between space and productivity/mood. As I organize my files, hang paintings, and eliminate the first threats of clutter, I am paying special attention to what […]

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Free Live Webinar: Who Are You Dating? Learning About Our Patterns

(Please note: This free live webinar will be recorded and a copy made available to all who register.) So, who have you been hanging out with lately? Think about the last person you dated. Have you been dating the same unhealthy type each and every time only packaged a little differently? Have you thought that this […]

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Neuromyth: Intrinsic Motivation is Driven by External Reward

One of the best motivators to learn is personal satisfaction.[1] But where does this internal drive come from? Many believe that students are motivated to learn because of what the people around them do, called extrinsic motivation. Starting in the 1970s, it was popular to believe the key to success lay within the now famous […]

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Don’t Force Gratitude

In his book What Happy People Know, Dan Baker argues that you can’t be in a state of appreciation and fear, or anxiety, at the same time. He explains: During active appreciation the threatening messages from your amygdala [fear center of the brain] and the anxious instincts of your brainstem are cut off, suddenly and […]

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Podcast: Support Groups for Mental Illness – What are They?

Most people understand how doctors and therapists work, but many people can’t quite wrap their minds around support groups – especially peer-led ones. In this episode, our hosts dissect different types of support groups to make them better understood and more accessible. Listen Now! “[Mental Illness] Support groups are like a buffet — take what […]

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Learn How to Resolve & Release Emotional Pain

How can empathetic people let loose the burden of other people’s emotions? When your body has disease, illness or painful conditions, suppressed (somatized) emotion can exacerbate symptoms and escalate deterioration or decline. In my last article, I shared a practice for identifying and acknowledging emotional energy to avoid suppressing it into the energy system of […]

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Wearing the Inside Out: Meaningful (Dis)connections

When used for purposes of knowledge acquisition, information sharing, and community involvement, no one would debate the idea that social media can have an enduring positive impact our lives. However, with every scroll, click, like, and share, the digital debris that we collect and store on our internal ‘hard drive’ has a way of leaving […]

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Join Us for a Free Day-Long Happiness Webinar Event: World Happiness Agora

I’m so grateful for all the years of support and guidance Dr. Grohol has brought our work at iFred, and am so grateful to be sharing the PsychCentral message of community with the broader public through the first ever World Happiness Agora. The event is taking place online, with free access for all with an […]

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8 Ways to Find Yourself Before Looking for Your Soulmate

Finally fall in love…for real. You might call them your soulmate. The love of your life. Your life partner. That special person. Many of us are seeking to find someone to love us, unconditionally. We crave our perfect complement — someone with whom we will share the memories of our lives with. So we go […]

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Does Calling Depression an Illness Worsen Stigma?

I plead guilty to expounding on the biochemical vulnerabilities and abnormalities in neural wiring of depression to make the case that it is a legitimate illness alongside lupus, breast cancer, or psoriatic arthritis. I thought I was doing a good thing by quoting experts like Peter Kramer, M.D, who believes that because depression can be […]

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Psychology Around the Net: March 16, 2019

Hello, lovers of all things psychology, psychiatry, and mental health related! Today we’re going to take a look at how vitamins and other supplements don’t ward off depression, why it’s important not to get swept up in “boutique” wellness trends (and what to do instead), the ways in which you can manipulate your brain to […]

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5 Mental Shifts to Stop Caring What People Think of You

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu We carefully pick out what we wear to the gym to make sure we look good in the eyes of the other gym goers. We beat ourselves up after meetings running through everything we said (or didn’t say), worried […]

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6 Good Reasons to Laugh More

It’s been 40 years since Norman Cousins published his classic An Anatomy of an Illness, in which he documents curing himself with a high dose of vitamin C and a continuous stream of humorous films. Since then research has further established the medicinal benefits of laughter, helping everything from Alzheimer’s disease and allergies to backaches […]

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Why Therapy Is Actually Cool

When we start going to the gym, start taking a replenishing yoga class, start drinking more water, start taking a multivitamin, start going to an acupuncturist or a massage therapist, we can’t wait to shout it from the rooftops. In other words, when we do something for our physical health, we’re proud, excited, inspired and […]

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